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Cage THE ELEPHANT is a Bowling Green, Kentucky-based five piece band consisting of Matt Shultz (vocals), his brother Brad (guitar) and their friends Daniel Titchenor (bass), Lincoln Parish (guitar) and Jared Champion (drums). Matt, Brad and Daniel grew up on an alternative religious commune started by their ex-hippie parents. Pop music was strictly forbidden so their discovery of key punk and rock influences was covert and somewhat recent. The essence of Jimi Hendrix, Green Day, White Stripes and Kings of Leon, among others, fuels Cage's libertine, over-the-top rock explosions. Appearances at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and a tour with Queens of the Stone Age provided the band with critical early live exposure. They then relocated to the UK for a period of time, where their debut self-titled album was released in mid-2008. It has sold over 40, 000 copies to date in the UK, driven by a Top 40 charting single and extensive touring there, including memorable performances at sold-out Reading and Leeds festivals. Cage the Elephant now returns to the land of their origin, exultant, intemperate, and ready to conquer.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 21, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: April 21, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 38 minutes
  • ASIN: B001Y7SIFM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,114 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Well the first time I had ever heard of the band was with vocalist Matt Schultz appearance on British comedy show "Never Mind The Buzzcocks." He formed an unlikely alliance with Stephen Fry and Josie Long. The bands music wasn't played or even that heavily mentioned in the show, but thanks to Matts antic I became intrigued at what this band had to offer. Were they just another indy band with nothing new to give, or were they something fresh and original amongst a bland "pop-rock indy" music scene.

They are definitely the latter in that respect and have brought to a world audience possibly the best album of 2008. From "In One Ear" to "Free Love" Cage the Elephant present a delightful, cool, loud and crazy album that will have all the bland indy music lovers wake up and realise originality and talent when they hear it.

The vocals of Matt Schultz is definitely the most enticing part of the band as although it's not something I haven't heard before, he has a sort of reminiscent rebellious tone to his voice that I'm not sure why but remind me of the great punk bands the Ramones, The Clash and even the Sex Pistols. Cage The Elephant are nowhere near as controversial as these legendary bands, but they're certainly just as loud and abrupt and really make you want to get on your feet and go nuts when listening to their music.

The guitar and bass by Brad Shultz, Daniel Titchenor and Lincoln Parish definitely add to that old school feel and sometimes mimic the equally awesome guitar talents of Pistols guitarist Steve Jones.

My Top 5 are

1. Aint No Rest For The Wicked
2. In One Ear
3. Back Stabbin' Betty
4. James Brown
5. Free Love
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I first saw CTE's video for "Ain't No Rest..." and the tune was catchy enough that I did some research on-line and saw that they were performing at Cafe Du Nord in SF a few days later. I caught the show and I must say that it is one of the BEST performances I've ever seen. I met Brad, his wife and Matt afterwards and they are some of the nicest and down to earth people I've ever met. I hope that doesn't change when they become huge stars, which I KNOW they will. Matt's energy on stage is electrifying and Lincoln is a surprisingly talented guitarist. He's only 19 yrs. old???!!! I bought the album and it pales in comparison to seeing them live, but it is a stil an awesome example of the band's talent. I know they are going to hi it BIG!
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I'd been hearing the single "No Rest For The Wicked" all summer and every time it came on I'd turn it up and rock out a bit. Eventually I broke down and got the album. The first few tracks were quite good, but like other people said kind of White Stripesey. Not that that's a bad thing, there's isn't a band out there that doesn't sound like somebody who came before them. Unfortunately (for me at least) is that a few of the tracks veer a little too close to Arctic Monkeys, Kaizer Chiefs territory and these bands already sound enough like each other that we don't need an American band imitating bland Brit Pop.
So it's not a perfect album, but when was the last time you heard one of those? It's got enough fun upbeat rock songs to be worth it. Some people have panned this band because they lack originality, but chances are they're such hipsters that no music is good enough for them anyway. Listen to it because it's fun, not because you're looking for music that will define your existence.
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We are very happy with this release...the music is just our style and almost every cut is very well done and a real pleasure to the ears. I've owned it for about a month now and have actually had to put it away for a bit because I've listened to it so much - I was about to burn out on it! But I'll drag it back out in a week or two and it will likely get a lot of time in my CD player in 2010.

There are several primo cuts on here that are really stand out...roughly in order of my favorites: In One Ear, Ain't No Rest for the Wicked, Back Against the Wall, and Free Love. Who doesn't like free love? :-)

When I first heard it, it sounded much like Jet to me and still does in places. But I can also hear other influences briefly here and there including Nirvana, Beck, and maybe a splash of Smash Mouth. But they definitely have their own sound...give it a whirl...
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if jack white and kid rock and everlast had a baby with wolfmother as its surrogate mother and the killers delivered said baby, you would have this band. don't let that scare you off though. it rules. try it. you'll like it.
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Heard "Ain't No Rest For The Wicked" during the pilot for "Lucifer" and decided to try this out. An eclectic and interesting album by an eclectic and interesting band. Check out the band's history on Wikipedia (*there's* an interesting story) and see the music video on YouTube and Vimeo. Thanks for the great music!
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I'm not gonna lie to you, I love old music. If you look at my music library it's filled with classic artists like Rush, Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Dio, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Iron Maiden, etc. It's not often that I look at music from newer artists as I've noticed the quality of the musical acts that come out these days has vastly decreased since the golden age of rock. I managed to snag the single "Aint No Rest For the Wicked" free on iTunes a while back but never had a chance to actually listen to it. When I finally got a chance to I was blown away so I decided to pick up the album it was from and I am glad I did. "Cage the Elephant" is one of the best debut albums I've heard from a newer act in a long time. One of the best modern albums I've ever picked up. I also had a chance to see the band perform at Orion Music+More back in June and they do a pretty awesome live show too.

For me personally the standout songs on the album are "In One Ear" "James Brown" and "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked" but the entire album kicks major @$$

I look forward to listening to more albums from these guys.
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